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Is Geotagging on Instagram Ruining Natural Wonders? Some Say Yes - The New York Times
Now, conservationists are concerned that photographers who geotag their precise locations are putting fragile ecosystems and wild animals at risk. As a defense, they are asking tourists to stop.

The Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board has created a campaign to get tourists to stop geotagging photographs on social media.
Colle McVoy

Instagram  locationbasedservices  geotagging  tourism  review  impact  NYTimes  2018 
5 days ago by inspiral
Chinese investors buy stake in mapping firm HERE | Reuters
Two Chinese companies and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC have agreed to buy a 10 percent stake in a digital mapping company controlled by Germany's leading carmakers to help them develop self-driving cars.

Chinese digital mapping company NavInfo (002405.SZ), internet group Tencent (0700.HK) and the Singapore fund will invest in mapping company HERE under a deal announced on Tuesday.
Tencent  GIC  NavInfo  Here  locationbasedservices  map  takeover  Reuters  2016 
january 2017 by inspiral
Instagram stops users from pretending to be in Singapore to go viral
Instragram has released an update that prevents users from tagging themselves in Singapore when they're not there in a bid to go viral. 

The update to its algorithm comes after a swathe of users realised geo-tagging their posts with Singapore gave them an increased chance of being on the Explore page, which helps boost likes on a post and follower numbers. 
Instagram  Singapore  locationbasedservices  critique  influencer  Telegraph  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
If You Tweet an Emoji at Google's Account, It Will Link to Local Search Results | Adweek
The tech giant today launched a fun feature that lets people tweet emojis at the brand's Twitter account. For each tweet people send, Google automatically sends back a tweet with a GIF and a link to local search results about the emoji. Tweeting a picture of a coffee cup, for example, results in a coffee GIF and a link to find a nearby coffee shop. And tweeting a picture of a Christmas tree will help you find nearby tree lots.
Google  mobilesearch  Twitter  emoji  launch  locationbasedservices  search  AdWeek  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Facebook copies Snapchat geofilters with camera 'frames' - Business Insider
Starting Thursday, Facebook users in select countries will be able to make custom camera "frames" that others can overlay over photos and add to their profile pictures. The frames will also be available in Facebook's Snapchat-like camera messaging interface that's currently being tested in Ireland.

Facebook's camera frames work almost identically to Snapchat's geofilters, a competing app that Facebook has already begun to clone aspects of in Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.
Facebook  SnapchatGeofilters  launch  photography  socialmedia  locationbasedcampaign  locationbasedservices  BusinessInsider  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Thousands of Starbucks just became Pokémon Go gyms - The Verge
Ever since Pokémon Go launched this summer, businesses have recognized the potential that the game represents for foot traffic, especially if they’re located near a gym. Today, Starbucks has announced that a number of its US stores will be turned into pokétops or gyms, and will serve a tie-in drink.

According to Starbucks, around 7,800 stores across the United States will begin to turn into pokéstops or gyms at 11AM PST. To entice players, the stores will be offering a drink called the Pokémon GO Frappuccino, a "Vanilla Bean Frappuccino blended beverage and raspberry syrup blended with freeze dried whole blackberries and topped with whipped cream," which basically sounds like they’ve stuck a pokémon in a blender.
PokemonGo  Pokemon  Starbucks  partnership  mobilegaming  locationbasedservices  launch  TheVerge  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Lunch with the FT: Pokémon Go creator John Hanke
Over tacos in San Francisco, the app’s creator talks about escapism, accelerated living — and why augmented reality is just getting started
JohnHanke  interview  Niantic  PokemonGo  mobileapps  augmentedreality  locationbasedservices  review  FinancialTimes  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Google Maps for Android adds a one-tap shortcut to view traffic around you
Google has updated its Maps mobile app for Android with a handy new shortcut to help you spot traffic jams near you in real-time.

The new ‘Traffic nearby’ feature, available in version 9.39, displays congested roads and areas around your current location, so you can more easily decide which route to take to your next destination.It works without you having to enter a destination or engage Driving mode first, which is handy if you haven’t yet locked in any plans to get around the city.
GoogleMaps  Google  congestion  traffic  locationbasedservices  TheNextWeb  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Foot traffic is down at Trump properties since he launched his campaign - Oct. 14, 2016
Trump-branded hotels, casinos and golf clubs had about 16% fewer visits in September compared to a year ago. In fact, the properties have posted a year-over-year decline in foot traffic of about that much every month since March. Foursquare uses the location data it collects from people using its Foursquare and Swarmm apps to make these estimates.
DonaldTrump  Foursquare  locationbasedservices  property  USA  sexism  CNN  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Facebook launches Marketplace, a friendlier Craigslist | TechCrunch
Facebook Marketplace lets you browse a relevancy-sorted feed of things to buy from people who live nearby, and quickly list your own stuff for sale. Integration with Facebook Messenger lets you haggle or arrange a meet-up, and you know more about who you’re dealing with than on anonymous sites like Craigslist thanks to Facebook’s profiles.

Marketplace is launching today in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand on mobile, but could roll out globally and on the web if it’s popular. There’s an unfortunate lack of a two-way rating system which helps discourage scamming and bad behavior. There’s also no native checkout option for transactions beyond ad-hoc payment through Messenger, which is annoying but promotes in-person exchanges instead of fraud-laden shipping.
Facebook  FacebookMarketplace  marketplace  locationbasedservices  CraigsList  competition  socialcommerce  review  Techcrunch  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The Next Must-Have Smartphone Feature
But thanks to Tango, a location-sensing system that Lee is developing at Google, phones are about to get much more useful—especially when they’re indoors. In the works for nearly four years, Tango uses sensors, computer vision, and image processing to give phones a much better comprehension of space and motion. It is built on three core technologies: area learning, depth sensing, and motion tracking. Together, they allow Tango phones to learn, remember, and map areas around them; detect how far they are from the floor or a wall or an object; and understand where they are while moving in three-dimensional space. Tango can do this with centimeter-level accuracy, all without relying on external signals such as GPS, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.
Tango  Google  locationbasedservices  innovation  augmentedreality  smartphones  TechnologyReview  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
The man who put ‘Pokémon Go’ on the map —
John Hanke developed Google Earth then the mobile phone game that is becoming a global craze
JohnHanke  interview  NianticLabs  PokemonGo  locationbasedservices  mobilegaming  FinancialTimes  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
How does Facebook suggest potential friends? Not location data – not now | Technology | The Guardian
“We may show you people based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you are part of, contacts you’ve imported and other factors,” he said. In its help section, Facebook says its suggestions are based on “mutual friends, work and education information, networks you’re part of, contacts you’ve imported and many other factors”.

The opacity of these “other factors” aside, Facebook’s sometimes disconcerting suggestions – perhaps more accurately titled “people you most definitely know, but have no intention of adding” – have been remarked upon since it introduced the feature in 2008.
Facebook  locationbasedservices  privacy  review  Guardian  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Facebook is using phone location to suggest new friends | Fusion
Facebook has gotten more aggressive in its use of smartphone location data in the last year, tracking which stores you go to in order to tell advertisers if their online ads worked and letting advertisers use your phone’s location to geotarget you with ads. But until now, most people didn’t realize that Facebook was also tracking their phone’s location to suggest friends to them.

The implications of this are far-reaching. There are situations in which this could be incredibly useful. It means you could finally become Facebook friends with “Karen” from yoga class. Or if you meet awesome new people at a party, but forget to exchange numbers, last names, or Snapchat handles, Facebook could make new friendships happen by surfacing those party-goers to you. Great! Those are best case scenarios.

But there are plenty of scenarios in which Facebook casually connecting you with people because your phones were in the same place at the same time could end disastrously. Imagine going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and then getting “Friend” suggestions the next day for members of the group along with their full names and profile information. Or getting hit on at the bar by a guy that gives you the creeps, giving him the cold shoulder and no information about yourself, but later getting a ‘Friend Request’ from him. Or visiting an abortion clinic and discovering that one of the abortion protestors outside was offered up your identity by Facebook.
Facebook  locationbasedservices  privacy  critique  Fusion  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Twitter quietly launches tags to location feeds with Foursquare | TechCrunch
Finally Twitter will let you see when tweets are from a specific place, like a business, sports stadium, or music festival. After a reader tipped us off, Twitter confirmed to TechCrunch it’s now rolling out this new location feature to all iOS users, with other platforms coming later.

Location feeds linked to from these tags could inspire people to tweet more while out and about, fuel Moments about particular places, and improve Twitter’s ad targeting data. Better location functionality could be an important building block for Twitter’s future products and revenue potential.
Twitter  locationbasedservices  socialmedia  launch  TwitterMoments  iOS  Techcrunch  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Foursquare + Uber! — Foursquare Direct — Medium
We at Foursquare are thrilled to announce that we are now supplying Points of Interest (POI) data to Uber, everything from the names and locations of restaurants to local businesses, through a global, multi-year agreement. Also, within the United States for a period of time, we have exclusivity with respect to new POI suppliers.
There are a lot of obvious reasons why this is such a big deal to us, but there are also some really interesting nuances to this deal too. On the obvious side, Uber is a phenom. It’s completely changed the way we move through the world, disrupted entrenched transportation industries, created tons of economic opportunities, and all on a seriously global scale. Foursquare will enable Uber to customize, improve and increase the breadth of our non-personal POI location data to enhance Uber’s rider and driver experience. Also, these modifications will also be incorporated into Foursquare’s venue database going forward. It’s a natural fit for us to partner with Uber as a POI supplier.
Foursquare  Uber  partnership  data  locationbasedservices  Medium  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
What Would Happen If G.P.S. Failed? - The New Yorker
Security officials have been concerned about the susceptibility of G.P.S. to spoofing since at least the early two-thousands. Fourteen years ago, a team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico, built a spoofer by modifying a G.P.S.-signal simulator (a legal device that tests receivers’ accuracy) and aiming it at a stationary receiver more than a mile away. The receiver’s display revealed that it believed it was zipping across the desert at six hundred miles per hour. The world’s most powerful spoofer, however, wasn’t built for another six years. It began as a graduate-school project by Todd Humphreys, now an engineering professor and the head of the Radionavigation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. Humphreys believed that the government was underestimating G.P.S.’s vulnerability to the Los Alamos team’s spoofer, but he also felt that the device would be readily detected in the real world. So he set about building a more covert version. An expert in software-defined radio—the modification of radio signals with a computer, as opposed to mixers, amplifiers, and other hardware—Humphreys used a general-purpose processor to build what he calls a “formidable lying machine,” a box that “listens” to the G.P.S. signal, gradually builds a bogus signal that aligns perfectly with the real, and then slowly overtakes it.
GPS  locationbasedservices  security  hacking  review  NewYorker  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Death by GPS | Ars Technica
If we do indeed have a kind of innate GPS, what happens to our brains as we transition into a world where these kinds of calculations are unnecessary, when GPS does it all for us? The short answer is we don’t know yet, but there are some rumblings among cognitive experts to the effect that we may be undergoing fundamental changes.
GPS  locationbasedservices  death  deathbyGPS  ArsTechnica  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Twitter integrates with Yelp for location tags in the UK and Japan, bypassing Foursquare | TechCrunch
A year ago, Twitter ramped up its game in location services when it announced an integration with Foursquare to provide venue suggestions when you wanted to tag where you were tweeting. Interestingly, that deal appears to have applied only to the U.S., and now that Twitter’s expanding the service, it has partnered with one of Foursquare’s big competitors, Yelp, to power it.

Today, Yelp announced a Twitter integration in the UK and Japan that will give Twitter users the option of selecting places provided by Yelp when they tag a location in their tweets. And when users click on places when reading tweets, they get a separate card with more details like address and Yelp rating, along with a deep link to go directly to view that venue on the Yelp app itself.
Twitter  Yelp  integrations  locationbasedservices  socialmedia  launch  Techcrunch  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
A Week Behind The Great Firewall Of China | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Living in a world of only Chinese apps—no Google, Facebook, Twitter!—made me appreciate how remarkable the country's Internet actually is.
internet  mobilemessaging  WeChat  ecommerce  mobilepayments  censorship  locationbasedservices  review  personalaccount  FastCompany  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Facebook Takes On Angie’s List And Yelp With New Site For Finding Top-Rated Local Businesses | TechCrunch
Facebook is quietly testing a new feature that will direct users to the best-rated and reviewed local service providers in their area. At the easy-to-access URL, the social network has compiled a searchable directory of professional service providers, like contractors, painters, plumbers, doctors’ offices, auto repair techs, child care providers, pet groomers, salons, event planners, decorators, and much more. The effort is similar to both Amazon and Google’s recent moves to connect customers with home and local service providers, in an effort to unseat industry giants like Angie’s List and Yelp by leveraging both the strength and broad reach of their respective platforms.
Facebook  SME  directory  locationbasedservices  2015  consumerreviews  Techcrunch 
december 2015 by inspiral
Facebook’s Local Ad Targeting Gets Smarter | TechCrunch
It’s been a little more than a year since Facebook launched its Local Awareness ads, which allow businesses to target ads at nearby users — the ones who either live within a given distance of their store or were recently nearby. Now it’s improving those ads, particularly for businesses with multiple locations.

The company says the ads can now include dynamic ad copy that changes based on a store’s location — so a user would see a slightly different ad depending on the store that they’re closest to. Similarly, the call-to-action button can automatically direct users to different stores depending on their location.
Facebook  FacebookLocalAwareness  locationbasedcampaign  locationbasedservices  launch  socialmedia  Techcrunch  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The lost art of getting lost - BBC News
Technology means maps and directions are constantly at hand, and getting lost is more unlikely than ever before. While for many this is a thing of joy, Stephen Smith asks if we may be missing out.
lost  locationbasedservices  critique  author:StephenSmith  BBC  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Facebook Begins Rolling Out Revamped Notifications Tab On Mobile | TechCrunch
The notifications tab is now more of a you-centric newsfeed than ever, sucking in some of the best widgets from the Facebook sidebar on desktop and giving notifications on mobile a much more structured appearance. In look and feel Facebook’s notifications tab now feels a lot more like a Google Now competitor.
Facebook  notifications  redesign  personalisation  locationbasedservices  virtualassistant  Techcrunch  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Pinterest Doubles Down With Location-Based Service
Image Bookmarking Service to Automatically Add Addresses, Store Hours and More to Pins

Pinterest made a move Tuesday that will automatically capture location data from its 100 million-plus members who use its Place Pins service, a move that will likely generate additional revenue for the company and open more doors for marketers in the future.
Now, every pin will automatically show where it lives on a map, include contact information, store hours, reviews and directions. While the feature is nothing new -- Place Pins debuted nearly two years ago -- automatically adding location and other details to its 7 billion pins is.
Pinterest  PlacePins  locationbasedservices  automatic  socialmedia  AdvertisingAge  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Right on Target: Foursquare Accurately Predicts iPhone Sales — Foursquare Direct — Medium
This validates the accuracy of our prediction and while we’re proud of the result, we certainly aren’t surprised. Foursquare’s data is essentially the world’s biggest panel of foot traffic data — we have the best sense of the trends and patterns of the movement of people and their phones around the world.
Foursquare  forecast  iPhone  sales  locationbasedservices  Medium  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley Can’t Stop Believing — Backchannel — Medium
It’s now two apps. It’s the location layer to the Web. It’s not a game. Well, one app is a game. It’s personal search, goddamnit! And it’s winning!
DennisCrowley  interview  locationbasedservices  Foursquare  Swarm  opportunity  Backchannel  author:StevenLevy  Medium  2015 
april 2015 by inspiral
The Fall of Facebook - The Atlantic
These new apps, then, are arguments that we can still have an Internet that is weird, and private. That we can still have social networks without the social network. And that we can still have friends on the Internet without “friending” them.
Facebook  critique  socialnetworking  socialmedia  trends  locationbasedservices  YikYak  TheAtlantic  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
Will the check-in survive? Foursquare’s controversial relaunch, by the numbers | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Harrison Weber
In August, Foursquare’s relaunch reversed a startling downward trend in the App Store charts. But after relaunch hype subsided, interest in Foursquare and its check-in companion app Swarm dropped. Data from comScore that depicts the rise and fall of Foursquare’s unique app visitors makes this trend painfully clear.
Foursquare  Swarm  locationbasedservices  penetration  statistics  mobileapps  profile  USA  Venturebeat  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
Foursquare: 55 Million Users, 54 Percent Lift Since Relaunch
In an AdWeek article discussing the new campaign, Foursquare shared some new numbers:

The site has 55 million registered users (though it hasn’t disclosed active users)
The post-Swarm Foursquare “saw a 54 percent lift in users compared to the same month 2013″
A third of users are just on Foursquare, a third only use Swarm and a third use both monthly
Foursquare now has 50 million tips (tips per active user are up 116 percent since Foursquare relaunch)
Foursquare  Swarm  locationbasedservices  statistics  growth  USA  SearchEngineLand  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
The Swarm and Foursquare Backstory and Progress - Business Insider
The decision to unbundle Foursquare seems to be validated. Foursquare is seeing one-third of users exclusively use Swarm, one-third of users exclusively use the new Foursquare, and one-third of its users using both apps. Those usage patterns are the whole reason Foursquare decided to split itself apart in December.
Foursquare  Swarm  locationbasedservices  strategy  metrics  review  BusinessInsider  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
U.S. Mobile Benchmark Report ADOBE DIGITAL INDEX | 2014
1. iPhone screen size has to increase: Without the introduction of a larger phone, Apple’s browser share will decline further. Consumers prefer to browse on phones with 5” or larger screens. Browsing on 4” devices fell by 11% YoY.
2. Pinterest is the most mobile social network: Outpacing Facebook, Pinterest is the most mobile social network with 64% of its referred traffic coming from mobile browsers. Tumblr referrals produce the highest revenue per visit (RPV) from mobile devices – well ahead of Facebook.
3. iMessage sharing up 259%: Users of digital magazine apps use person-to-person article sharing via text messaging twice as o$en as sharing via Social. While iMessage sharing is up, sharing via Facebook is down 43%.
4. Cellular networks on decline: For the !rst time, more than 50% of web browsing via smartphones and 93% of browsing via tablets come from wi-fi.
5. Bounce rates high on mobile: Bounce rates for referrals from social networks are much higher on mobile devices than desktops – 61% vs. 53%. Marketers are cautioned to track mobile ad bounce rates.
smartphones  tablets  mobileinternet  mobileapps  screensize  phablet  growth  mobilebrowser  browser  Safari  Android  Chrome  InternetExplorer  Tumblr  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  locationbasedservices  research  USA  Adobe  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Wireless location beacons are now the size of stickers | The Verge
Estimote has addressed both those things in what it's calling Nearables, asmaller and thinner version of its beacons that do the same things, but with a shorter overall battery life. The company is using newer components and a smaller battery inside a flexible enclosure that has an adhesive back in a size that's meant to keep it out of sight. You can still affix it in all the same places as the larger version, but now it's more suited to go on smaller objects, and anything that might move. That includes items in retail shops, doors, windows, personal belongings, and even pets.
Estimote  EstimoteStickers  Beacon  locationbasedservices  launch  TheVerge  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
4 Marketers Who Are Winning With Location-Based Marketing Tactics | Adweek
With marketers allocating more advertising spend to mobile, a number of recent campaigns highlight how brands are now going beyond basic apps and sites to prominently play up location. Here are four interesting examples within the past few months that demonstrate what’s happening in mobile and where brands are investing most right now.
locationbasedservices  locationbasedcampaign  iBeacon  beacon  Lord&Taylor  GE  onlinecoupons  weather  targeting  MontanaBureauofTourism  geofences  VanLeeuwen  Paypal  creativeshowcase  AdWeek  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network | The Verge
One of the big differences between Nextdoor and other services like Yahoo or Facebook groups is ability to see each member’s address and push messages and alerts based on geography. Nextdoor users can see messages and alerts on the website, but also can sign up to receive email and push notifications. "We had some pretty big wildfires here recently and we used Nextdoor to send out evacuation alerts," says Tortorella. "Because it allows us to target areas of the map, only people in that zone would get the warning."
Nextdoor  socialmedia  locationbasedservices  neighbourhood  profile  TheVerge  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Foursquare's Data May Challenge Yelp | Adweek
So now that Foursquare Labs Inc. has two mobile apps, the newest version of the Foursquare namesake and the two-month-old Swarm, what do the moves mean to advertisers? Quite a bit. But let's start with its emerging mobile-social data.
Foursquare  locationbasedservices  redesign  Swarm  mobileapps  opportunity  onlineadvertising  mobileadvertising  AdWeek  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Our Mobile Planet
Learn about smartphone adoption and usage across 48 countries. Create custom charts to deepen your understanding of the mobile consumer and get the data you need to guide your mobile strategy.
mobile  smartphones  mobileapps  mobileinternet  mobilecommerce  mobileadvertising  locationbasedservices  demographics  penetration  Argentina  Australia  Austria  Belgium  Brazil  Canada  China  CzechRepublic  Denmark  Egypr  Finland  France  Germany  Greece  HongKong  Hungary  India  Indonesia  Ireland  Israel  Italy  Japan  Korea  Malaysia  Mexico  Netherlands  NewZealand  Norway  Philippines  Poland  Portugal  Romania  Russia  SaudiArabia  Singapore  Slovakia  SouthAfrica  Spain  Sweden  Switzerland  Taiwan  Thailand  Turkey  UAE  UK  Ukraine  USA  Vietnam  Google  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
FAQ Beacons And Apple's iBeacon System - Business Insider
There has been a lot of confusion about how beacons actually work, so as part of new research on beacons from BI Intelligence, we've put together an in-depth "Beacons Explainer," with frequently asked questions on beacons. The explainer is paired with our exclusive market forecast, which shows the trajectory for beacon adoption. Beacons are becoming the most rapidly adopted in-store technology since mobile card readers.
iBeacon  beacon  guide  locationbasedservices  BusinessInsider  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Mobile leverage — Benedict Evans
When you pull these strands together, smartphones don't just increase the size of the internet by 2x or 3x, but more like 5x or 10x. It's not just how many devices, but how different those devices are, that has the multiplier effect
smartphones  opportunity  multipliereffect  sensors  camera  locationbasedservices  BenedictEvans  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Exclusive: Google Will Soon Introduce 'Nearby' To Let Other 'People, Places, And Things' Know When You're Around
Nearby lets you connect, share, and do more with people, places, and things near you. When Nearby is turned on for your account, Google can periodically turn on the mic, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and similar features on all your current and future devices. Google+ and other Google services need this access to help you connect, share, and more. When you turn on Nearby, you're also turning on Location History for your account and Location Reporting for this device. Google needs these services to periodically store your location data for use by Nearby, other Google services, and more.
Android  Nearby  locationbasedservices  launch  innovation  AndroidPolice  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
Micro-location & the future of retail, events & commerce | LinkedIn
GPS changed everything about our lives in the past decade, but an even bigger change is coming in the next decade: micro-location.
microlocation  locationbasedservices  startup  venturecapital  opportunity  Uber  Thumbtack  MyTime  StyleSeat  BoxBbee  signpost  SonicNotify  Aisle411  CircleUp  PerchInternational  LinkedIn  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
The Era Of The Check-In Is Over, And Foursquare Is Moving On – ReadWrite
At ReadWriteMix on Tuesday night, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley talked about how his app doesn’t need us to announce our location to friends anymore.
Foursquare  locationbasedservices  Swarm  mobileapps  DennisCowley  interview  guide  ReadWriteWeb  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places | TechCrunch
Spotsetter, a social search engine using big data to offer personalized recommendations as to places to go, has been quietly snapped up by Apple, TechCrunch has learned. The technology, which involves layering social data on top of a maps interface could be used to beef up Apple Maps with features competitor Google lacks. The deal, we understand, was mainly about acquiring the technology and the talent of the two founders, ex-Google Maps engineer Stephen Tse and Johnny Lee (whose LinkedIn profiles also now point to their move to Apple).
Spotsetter  Apple  takeover  acquihire  locationbasedservices  locationbasedcontent  aggregator  mobileapps  TechCrunch  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
London’s Regent Street Shopping District Gets Beacons | Re/code
The Crown Estate will introduce a new smartphone application that takes advantage of location-aware beacon technology to deliver discounts, new-product promotions and other alerts to the smartphones of shoppers as they stroll past stores and restaurants.
beacon  RegentStreet  locationbasedservices  creativeshowcase  retail  promotions  recode  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
5 industries that iBeacon will disrupt | VentureBeat | Business | by Bobby Gill, Blue Label Labs
While much of the focus has been on how iBeacon can benefit retailers and enhance the in-store shopping experience, many more industries can benefit from its technology. Here’s a look at five of them.
beacon  iBeacon  locationbasedservices  education  dating  onlinedating  consumerelectronics  events  sport  innovation  VentureBeat  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
Shortwave Shows Off Anonymous Chat As Another Consumer Use Case For iBeacons | TechCrunch
Apple’s iBeacons are being trialled and demoed in retail settings all over the place, but they’re slowly becoming more interesting to average users, too. A new app called Shortwave offers up an everyday use case for iBeacon tech that could prove either terrifying or exciting, depending on your perspective; the software uses iBeacon protocols to turn your iPhone into a location-based anonymous messenger, letting you talk to anyone else using the app within a 70-foot radius.
Shortwave  mobileapps  locationbasedservices  anonymous  mobilemessaging  TechCrunch  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
Is Apple's iBeacon at risk of a tragedy of the commons? | Media Network | Guardian Professional
Joel Blackmore explains why iBeacons will go the way of the QR code and devolve into the next big medium for spam
Beacon  iBeacon  locationbasedservices  opportunity  threats  mobilemarketing  spam  Guardian  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
JWT: 10 Mobile Trends for 2014 and Beyond (May 2014)
This is an abridged version of the 124-page report. Go to to see the full report, including recommendations for brands JWT’s third annual report on trends in the mobile sphere spotlights key themes that came out of this year’s Mobile World Congress, Consumer Electronics Show and South by Southwest Interactive, and builds on trends spotlighted in previous reports. The report covers significant drivers and manifestations of these developments, and their implications for brands. “10 Mobile Trends for 2014 and Beyond” is based around on-the-ground research at the MWC in Barcelona and SXSW in Austin, as well as desk research and insights gleaned from interviews with several mobile experts and influencers.
mobile  mobileapps  mobileinternet  internetofthings  wearablecomputing  quantifiedself  mobilevideo  mobilenews  longform  journalism  ephemeral  anonymity  visualweb  mobilesearch  imagerecognition  stickers  virtualassistant  security  locationbasedservices  beacon  NeoLuddism  4G  education  healthcare  finance  JWTIntelligence  2014  mobilesocial 
may 2014 by inspiral
Ambient Proximity Is The Next Phase Of Location Sharing | TechCrunch
It’s not where your friends are, but how close they are that matters. After years of exact coordinate checkins, both Foursquare and Facebook are now focusing on ambient proximity — constantly and automatically sharing your approximate distance from close friends. Ambient proximity lets you know if a friend is near enough to meet up with, yet without the creepiness of seeing their every move on a map. That balance could finally make location sharing appealing to the masses.
Swarm  Foursquare  Facebook  FacebookNearbyFriends  locationbasedservices  ambientproximity  review  TechCrunch  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
45% of UK smartphone users willing to be targeted via iBeacon | dotRising
Around half of smartphone user said they would be “very willing” of “somewhat willing” for retailers to communicate with them through their smartphone, suggests a recent study.
beacon  locationbasedservices  locationbasedcampaign  consumer  research  UK  eDigitalResearch  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
On The New Edge Network and The Future of Local Commerce | steve cheney – technology, business & strategy
Most people don’t yet get it, but beacons as a platform are really a wedge into ‘appifying’ the physical world. They give context to a physical space. They are a way of actually extending the network intelligence to the edge again, something that has been missing since the desktop era. Beacons are truly a way of giving your smartphone eyes—place dumb signs around you and let your phone discover and read them.
beacon  locationbasedservices  mobilemarketing  strategy  guide  SteveCheney  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
iBeacons, privacy, and security - O'Reilly Radar
The technology is at risk of dying off — and that would be a shame.
BLE  beacon  locationbasedservices  guide  privacy  security  O'ReillyRadar  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
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